Tomorrow, Obama’s race-baiting pick to head the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Dept, will get his up or down confirmation vote in the Senate. Obama had to search long and hard to find someone even more radical than now Labor Sec Thomas Perez, but by Gosh – he did it with cop killer advocate, Debo Adegbile.
The FBI Agents Association, National Fraternal Order of Police, Major County Sheriff’s Association, National Association of Police Organizations, National Sheriff’s Assoc, and the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association have all come out in public opposition to the nomination of Adegbile. But most Democrats will vote in lock step to confirm him tomorrow because that’s how Democrats roll. Vulnerable Democrats running for reelection in red states may think twice, however. Not because it would be the right thing to do, but to save their own hides.
Paul Mirengoff of Powerline reports:
Unless half a dozen or so Democrats vote no, the race hustler will be confirmed.
Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey has said he will vote no. Philadelphia, of course, was the scene of Mumia’s crime and of the disgraceful “free Mumia” movement. It is telling, therefore, that Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senator can’t swallow Adegbile’s confirmation.
Will other Democrats join Casey? Not unless, like Casey, they perceive that doing so will enhance their electoral prospects. Time and time again we’ve seen that the Democratic Senate majority marches in lock-step except where the electoral imperative dictates otherwise. Conscience and considerations of basic decency are never factors.
Fortunately, as Roll Call observes, “several Democrats up for re-election in swing or conservative states might think twice about wading into the hornets’ nest that surrounds Abu-Jamal.” Roll Call cites Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Warner of Virginia, and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Perhaps Mark Udall of Colorado should also be included, especially now
that he is likely to face strong opposition in November.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, registered his opposition to the nomination on the Senate floor today while honoring the brave service of America’s fallen police officers.
“It is out of respect for our nation’s police officers that I rise to oppose the nomination of Debo Adegbile to be the head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division,” Sen. Cruz said. “We must remember our nation’s fallen police officers who have bravely given their lives to serve our nation and to protect us. They form the backbone of our country that supports the rule of law and they risk their lives every day to keep law-abiding Americans safe.”
In his remarks, the Senator noted that although every criminal defendant is entitled to an attorney, Adegbile’s representation of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a man convicted of murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981, was pure political advocacy. Abu-Jamal’s guilt was not in doubt – four eyewitnesses saw the shooting and Abu-Jamal confessed and stated in front of three witnesses that he hoped that Officer Faulkner died. And although Abu-Jamal already had a team of high-priced volunteer lawyers that had filed dozens of petitions and appeals, Adegbile and his team joined the case in 2009, 27 years after Faulkner’s death, and then began politicizing it. Under Adegbile’s supervision, rallies, protests, and media campaigns instead dishonestly portrayed Abu-Jamal as a political prisoner and victim of racial injustice.
“This is not a matter of left wing or right wing politics,” Sen. Cruz continued. “We all should agree that violent criminals should be punished. We should all agree that those who advocate for, celebrate, lionize convicted cop killers are not suitable for major leadership roles at the United States Department of Justice. I urge every member of this body to oppose this nomination.”
In addition to his voluntary defense of a convicted cop-killer, Adegbile has a record of opposing common-sense voter ID laws, attacking religious liberties, advocating federal interference in religious institutions, and opposing Americans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
I agree with Paul Mirengoff that with Dingy’s blessing, some of the vulnerable Dems will join Casey in opposition, leaving Reid with just enough votes to confirm Obama’s race-baiting selection to head the Civil Rights Division.”
In any event, we encourage constituents of Democratic Senators, especially the endangered ones, to make their views known. Here are some of the relevant phone numbers:
Mark Begich 202-224-3004
Kay Hagan 202-224-6342
Mary Landrieu 202-224-5824
Mark Pryor 202-224-2353
Jeanne Sheehan 202-224-2841
Mark Udall 202-224-5941
Mark Warner 202-224-2023